Construction of six venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games "is running behind schedule, including a new Hamilton stadium, a key venue that's now expected to be finished in September," according to the CANADIAN PRESS. The $145.7M Tim Hortons Field "was slated to open this month, a year before it was to host all 32 men's and women's soccer competitions." The delay "has forced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football team to use a smaller facility for the first two home games of the season." Completion dates for the Toronto track and field center, a facility in Markham, the equestrian park in Caledon and the shooting center in Cookstown "have all been pushed back by a month or two." The ballpark in Ajax "was supposed to be completed by July, but phase two of the project is now expected to be finished in November." However, all the venues "are expected to be ready well before the Games begin next July" (CANADIAN PRESS, 7/18).
English cricket authorities face the prospect of a A$16,000 ($15,000) "fine after the docile Trent Bridge pitch on which England and India played out a draw in last week's first Test was rated as 'poor' by match referee David Boon," according to the AFP. It is the first time a Test pitch in England "has been labelled as 'poor' by a match referee and will undoubtedly add to the embarrassment felt by officials at Nottinghamshire over the sub-standard nature of their usually excellent wicket." When the England & Wales Cricket Board has responded, the Int'l Cricket Council's GM of cricket and chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle "will consider all the available evidence, including video footage, to decide whether they agree with Boon’s assessment and, if so, what penalty, if any, should be imposed under their pitch monitoring process." The first time a pitch is rated as “poor” by the ICC, a warning and or fine not exceeding A$16,000 "can be imposed, together with a directive for 'appropriate corrective action.'" However, such a judgment "would not see a ground stripped of its right to stage international matches" (AFP, 7/19).